In North Carolina, schools are directly impacted by those who are elected in the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. While PENC neither endorses nor contributes to political campaigns, we do encourage every professional educator to learn as much as possible about them. PENC encourages you to consider the qualifications of each candidate carefully, and make an informed decision about each before casting a ballot. With that goal in mind, we are going to make it easier for you to find this information so that you can #VoteYourVoice.We hope this information will be valuable to you as you decide which candidates to support in the primaries and the general election this year. Share your resources and knowledge with us using the hashtag #VoteYourVoice #PENC so that we can share it with fellow educators!

Research. Register. > #VoteYourVoice


Seven candidates are running in the primaries for State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Constance Lav Johnson (D) Craig Horn (R) Michael Maher (D) Catherine Truitt (R) James Barrett (D) Jen Mangrum (D) Keith Sutton (D)

One thing that distinguishes PENC from other organizations is our truly nonpartisan philosophy. PENC does not spend any money on endorsing candidates or supporting party agendas. We do understand that education is highly political, and we have a lobbyist who is a voice for members at the state level. But, as we like to say at PENC, we are much more concerned about the policies of education than the politics of education. We are on a mission to make sure that you are well informed on the candidates who will impact you and your students’ lives. This is why it’s essential for you to #VoteYourVoice.
The March primaries are right around the corner—here are the bios of the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates:

There is power in numbers, education, and VOTES! Who’s ready to join #PENC in #VoteYourVoice #VsUP

Join PENC is the fight for education reform. Stay up-to-date with our work for the betterment of all North Carolina students and teachers. PENC serves as an affordable and viable alternative to other professional organizations in North Carolina. And, PENC remains nonpartisan, independent and state-based, with member dues remaining in North Carolina as we work to promote quality education reform. Join us—signing up is quick and easy!


Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC)

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